San Diego (66-58) at New York (59-64)

Rain Currently: New York, NY
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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Tue Aug 24, 2004
  • TV: Ch4, MSG
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David Wells will try to climb back over the .500 mark as the San Diego Padres continue a three-game series with the New York Mets at Shea Stadium.

Wells has been solid for San Diego all season, posting a team-leading 3.63 ERA. However, he has fallen victim to poor run support and bad luck, settling for a mediocre 7-7 mark after 22 starts. Wells went 15-7 with a 4.14 ERA for the New York Yankees last season.

The burly left-hander allowed three runs and nine hits over six innings Wednesday, but did not receive a decision in the Padres’ 6-5 loss to Atlanta.

Wells has surrendered three runs or fewer in each of his four starts this month, but has only one win to show for it—a 14-5 victory at Cincinnati on Aug. 13.

The Padres kicked off their 10-game homestand with a 9-4 win in Monday’s series opener. Phil Nevin homered, doubled and drove in five runs as the Padres pulled within six games of NL West-leading Los Angeles and two back of San Francisco and Chicago for the wild card.

Mike Cameron hit his 27th home run for New York, extending his career high and setting a Mets record for homers by a center fielder. Tommie Agee hit 26 homers for the Mets in 1969.

New York starter Aaron Heilman lasted only 3 2-3 innings after being called up from Triple-A Norfolk earlier in the day to pitch in the majors for the first time this season. He gave up four runs, eight hits and walked three.

New York is counting on right-hander Kris Benson to give their overused bullpen a lift on Tuesday. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 6.12 ERA in four starts since being acquired from Pittsburgh on July 30.

Benson went six innings, yielding three runs and seven hits to earn a 10-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday at Coors Field.

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D. Wells LAD vs. K. Benson Ari
12-8 Record 12-12
3.73 ERA 4.31
101 K 134
20 BB 61
1.14 WHIP 1.31